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by John Clarke
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches
Replies: 173
Views: 13960

Re: Rules about drinking alcohol before or during matches

George Szaszvari I think your point on the alcohol is interesting and probably very well justified. I do agree that depending on the circumstances and the person(s) drinking in front of juniors could be a blessing. It would show how to act responsibility and give good social awareness, of course if...
by John Clarke
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Superfluous notation clarification
Replies: 13
Views: 2389

Re: Superfluous notation clarification

Some old wooden chess sets had a little "king" symbol on the top of the rooks and knights, so you could identify them throughout the game (assuming you put them on the correct square at the start). Well my old wooden set has those little crowns on all four rooks and both black knights, but not on e...
by John Clarke
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is your favourite film score?
Replies: 36
Views: 4099

Re: What is your favourite film score?

England 4 West Germany 2 (from the 1966 movie Goal!) :mrgreen:

Seriously though: Lawrence of Arabia (by Maurice Jarre).
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8747

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Stewart Reuben wrote:The late W Ritson Morry ..... used to listen to cricket commentary during his chess games.
By earphone, of course. Wouldn't have been allowed to do it nowadays, would he?!!
by John Clarke
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Going to the wrong venue for a game
Replies: 39
Views: 2710

Re: Going to the wrong venue for a game

Fouled up once in the 70s, when due to play a Civil Service League match for the Dept of Education & Science (DES) against the Natural History Museum. My actual place of work was the V & A Museum, in those days part of the DES empire. Set off from the V & A and arrived in good time at the DES HQ nea...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 19002

Re: Do you believe in God

It is not what you say, it is what you mean, but some folk don't give a damn about that, they use language to get you to do what ever they want you to do, basically they manipulate you with words, to turn you into their zombie. "We know that you believe you understand what you think we said, but we...
by John Clarke
Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:04 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Where does Anand sit in the list of World Champions?
Replies: 102
Views: 5397

Re: Where does Anand sit in the list of World Champions?

Botvinnik should be in Group 2. He was an industrious talent, nothing more. Plus he had the backing of the Soviet chess establishment, a pretty considerable asset in those days. Bronstein and Tal, for instance, never had it to the same degree. Indeed, Botvinnik seems to me to have had the sort of s...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 09, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Do you believe in God
Replies: 172
Views: 19002

Re: Do you believe in God

But there are more important things to get excited about, er, I mean about which to get excited. There's nothing wrong about ending your sentence with a preposition. The idea that you shouldn't is a hangover from the days when English syntax was excessively influenced by Latin (where such a constru...
by John Clarke
Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Neil Diamond
Replies: 5
Views: 930

Re: Neil Diamond

Time for this thread to be evicted to "Not Chess"?!
by John Clarke
Sat May 28, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is happening to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 3466

Re: What is happening to Europe?

Brings back memories of some old Polish YMCA club members in London of the 70s and 80s. Forgotten all the names, no IMs there at that time, but some solidly loyal regulars. During the 60s Ferguson Thorn, one of the clubs in my local league (the North Circular), was notable for the number of East Eu...
by John Clarke
Thu May 26, 2011 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most Annoying Behaviour?
Replies: 92
Views: 8747

Re: Most Annoying Behaviour?

Hard to choose among: (1) the gentleman who produced loud double sniffs every few minutes throughout the entire game; (2) the second gentleman who cleared his throat every ten or fifteen minutes in a very deliberate manner (Erh-HERM!) - after a time I found myself waiting tensely for the next one, l...
by John Clarke
Sun May 22, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Grade please?
Replies: 75
Views: 6142

Re: Grade please?

We used to have a guy at our club who used to ask "what's your grade?" on being offered a draw. If the other chap was higher rated than him he would almost always agree. If lower, he would mostly refuse. Evidently he refined his technique over time. During one away match I heard somebody offer him ...
by John Clarke
Fri May 20, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Stalemate
Replies: 19
Views: 3763

Re: Stalemate

A couple of examples from British Championships. First, 1966. The following position occurred in B N Green vs J M Aitken, after Black's 46th move: /16/R6p/5npk/5p2/4q2P/5QP1/7K/ In a final try for a win White played 47.g4+ fxg3 48.Qxf5. only to run into 48. ... Qe1+ 49.Kg2 Qe2+ 50.Kg3 Qe5+ 0.5-0.5 J...
by John Clarke
Thu May 19, 2011 12:10 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Queens Gambit Accepted?
Replies: 21
Views: 5900

Re: Queens Gambit Accepted?

..... Hans Berliner ..... claims to have fully worked out responses by white to QGA, QGD, Kings Indian, Benko, and Benoni which maintain white's opening advantage. What opening advantage? White has an initiative by virtue of being the first to move, but that's all. Doesn't matter what White does; i...
by John Clarke
Wed May 18, 2011 11:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Etiquette of resigning
Replies: 107
Views: 10844

Re: Etiquette of resigning

Match captains are allowed to agree package deals, so a match could be terminated early by agreement of the captains. Not in any event I know of. All captains can do is advise their players to offer or accept draws, or to resign. It's the player's decision alone whether to comply or not. Unless the...